a high central vowel with phonetic quality approximating that of the vowels in pit, put, putt, or pet, and considered by most phonologists as a phonetic variant of one of these vowels, depending on the context, but by some as an autonomous phoneme in some varieties of English.
the phonetic symbol ɨ.
- Barred owl
a large owl, Strix varia, of eastern North America, having its breast barred and abdomen streaked with dark brown. Historical Examples And when that ceased a barred owl hooted in the woods, away to the north. Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton I retired to the vicinity of the willows and uttered the cry […]
- Barred spiral galaxy
a spiral galaxy whose center has the form of an extended bar. barred spiral galaxy (bärd) A spiral galaxy with a barlike bulge in the center, extending between the core and the spiral arms. About a third of spiral galaxies have this straight bar of stars, gas, and dust extending out from the nucleus. As […]
a cylindrical wooden container with slightly bulging sides made of staves hooped together, and with flat, parallel ends. the quantity that such a vessel of some standard size can hold: for most liquids, 31½ U.S. gallons (119 L); for petroleum, 42 U.S. gallons (159 L); for dry materials, 105 U.S. dry quarts (115 L). Abbreviation: […]
- Barrel ass
to charge headlong; move at high speed. verb phrase To barrel: We’re barrel-assing toward Van Nuys (1950s+ Hot rodders)
- Barrel chair
an easy chair having a high, semicircular back forming a single upholstered piece with the wings or arms; tub chair. Historical Examples Then father was coaxed to sit down in the barrel chair, and try its strength and its softness, and guess what it was made of. Little Fishers: and their Nets Pansy We made […]